Nonprofit Resources

Non-Profit Resources

General information on governance and
management of nonprofit organizations:


  • Guidestar – An information service that collects, organizes and presents financial data and board and staff data about U.S. nonprofit organizations.
  • The NonProfit Quarterly – An independent news organization that provides advice and opinions about nonprofit organizations and democratic activism.
  • Independent Sector – A coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs that works on federal policy issues that affect the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.
  • BoardSource, Inc. – A national organization that works to strengthen nonprofit board leadership, offering a board support program, diagnostic tools, educational programs and resources, and consulting services to strengthen board performance.
  • Charity Navigator – A national organization that evaluates and rates charities and provides information to prospective donors.
  • European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  – The GDPR is a regulation that was enacted to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe and protect the data privacy of European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens. Any US-based organization that processes or holds “personal data” of individuals who reside in the EU or EEA needs to comply with the GDPR, even if the organization does not have a business presence within the EU.

Information focused on Massachusetts nonprofits:


  • Massachusetts Nonprofit Network – An organization with a mission to strengthen The Commonwealth of Massachusetts through nonprofit advocacy, capacity-building, and public awareness.

Internal Revenue Service:


  • IRS Form 990Information Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (and Form 990-EZ and Form 990-N) – The annual information return required to be filed by most exempt organizations, which requires reporting on exempt and non-exempt activities, finances, governance, compliance with tax requirements, and compensation.
  • IRS Form 990-TExempt Organization Business Income Tax Return – The annual information return required to be filed by exempt organizations to report unrelated business income and tax liability.
  • IRS Form 941 Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return – The annual information return required to be filed by tax-exempt employers who withhold income taxes, social security tax, or Medicare tax from employees’ paychecks, or who pay the employer’s portion of social security or Medicare tax.